When will you have to use the name you grew up with?
This question has dominated British life for a generation.
In fact, British parents are only now beginning to think about their own name, the Daily Mail reports.
It comes amid increasing demand for their children to learn how to spell.
A survey of 5,000 people last year by the Mail found that most parents would not want to give their children the opportunity to change their names.
The problem is that people aren’t aware of the consequences of spelling the same name twice, as many children are learning to read and write their own names, and they have difficulty remembering the names they grew up.
“People are trying to say that if we don’t change our names we are not realising our identities,” said Emma Smith, who grew up in the UK.
“But in a way, I don’t think that’s true.
I do think that if you do change your name, you’re actually acknowledging your own identity.”
A British boy from London named Andrew and his father, who is a lawyer, have been asked to spell their children’s names by experts to help them learn to spell correctly.
When he was young, Andrew had trouble spelling his own name.
He said he was asked to make spelling mistakes at school, which he says led to “a lot of pain”.
Andrew said: “I’d get letters with spelling wrong, and it would make me feel like I was not a real person.”
Andrew’s mum, Emma, said: “You have to get used to your own name and to how you pronounce it, so that when you say your name it’s clear that you mean it.”
It has been more than 50 years since the government introduced the so-called “Naming Rights Act”, which allowed people to change the spelling of their names when they reached the age of 16.
More than a quarter of children aged under 16 have been granted a change of name under the law, which the government hopes will reduce the number of people who are referred for changing their names unnecessarily.
In the past few years, the government has made the process easier, with the UK’s government watchdog introducing a system for parents to register their children for changes of name at 16.
Parents are also required to provide evidence that their children are not being discriminated against because of their name.
Some experts believe the government should also consider providing guidance to schools on how to change children’s name.
Emma said:”Schools should be aware that the government wants to change names as soon as possible, so it’s probably not appropriate for schools to wait for a child to be ready to go to school.”
It’s more appropriate for parents and schools to work together and make sure the process is as easy as possible.
“The British Humanist Association (BHA) said the government needs to consider the rights of children when they are asked to change a name.
Dr Michael Barker, BHA’s chief executive, said the organisation has been pushing for a change in the law to protect children.
He told the BBC: “We are concerned that the age for changing a name is changing.
We think it should be made compulsory and that the parents should be able to change it.